Constitution Day – Archives celebrates with old-fashioned family fun!

Media release: Tuesday, 5 July 2011

This Saturday, Constitution Day celebrations include old-fashioned family activities from 1900 at the National Archives.

The original Constitution and the Royal Commission of Assent signed by Queen Victoria on 9 July 1900 are on permanent display at the Archives for all Australians to see.

To celebrate Constitution Day, the National Archives invites families to visit this Saturday 9 July for: 

  • Calligraphy workshops – learn how the Federation documents were inscribed and create your own personal document.
  • Tours with 'Lady Jane Barton' – join the wife of Australia's first Prime Minister for a tour of the treasures in the Federation Gallery, including the original Constitution.
  • Making and playing with toys of the past – make wooden peg dolls and other popular toys from last century.
  • The games we played in 1900 – from board games to quoits and skipping – your chance to win a Constitution Day cupcake!

The Constitution is a living document, amended and interpreted by succeeding generations. It is the centre of Constitution Day celebrations. When Queen Victoria gave her assent to our Constitution on 9 July 1900, the nation of Australia was created.

What: Constitution Day
Where: National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes ACT
When: Saturday 9 July, 10am–3pm

Free event, but some activities require bookings. For more information on why we celebrate Constitution Day, or to make an inquiry or a booking, email: events@naa.gov.au or view the program (pdf 473kb).

Contact information

  • Tara Nichols (Marketing Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3609 m 0430 026 612 e tara.nichols@naa.gov.au
  • Melanie Harwood (Assistant Director, Communications)
    t (02) 6212 3755 m 0422 535 213 e melanie.harwood@naa.gov.au
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